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"Harry Potter and Philosopher's / Sorcer's Stone" is the first movie in the Harry Potter franchise, based on the very popular children's book series. Please do keep in mind that this movie is based on the book, which means that as good as the movie is, reading the book is better.
That having been said, in this charming movie, we meet a young lad by the name of Harry Potter. He is an orphan and lives in England, with his rather abusive aunt and uncle and cousin. A quiet boy, he is astonished to learn that he has been accepted to a "magical high school", called Hogwarts. He is also quite amazed to learn that he is, in fact, a young wizard! From there, his life takes an almost surrealistic turn, as he visits a wizards bank (run by goblins), purchases his first magic wand and learns that he was, in a way, a child-saviour to his people. Inexplicably, when the most evil wizard of all time attempted to kill the infant Harry, the child survived and the evil wizard (by the name of Lord Voldemort) was destroyed. Harry now learns of this major chapter of his past for the first time.
You will delight in seeing Harry's new school, which is brought to screen in a most pleasing way. Paintings and photographs can move and speak, staircases can re-arrange themselves, and there is a Forbidden forest on the school grounds! As Harry is so young, the movie is rather light-hearted and playful, as we meet his schoolmates, and teachers and join Harry in his first magical lessons. But after the delight of these novelties wear off, Harry and his new pals start to uncover a secret that is hidden in the school. Suspicious characters and enchanted objects lead to the Hero-Triad into some dangerous and challenging tasks. In the end, Harry must face a character whom he thought was dead...the re-incarnation of the evil Lord Voldemort. Using courage and determination beyond his years, Harry manages to defeat this character once again, but will he be back?
This movie stars an impressive number of accomplished British actors (although if you are like me, you may not recognize them or know of their past works). The children in the movie are generally all new up-and-comers, and they do a tremendous job! Very believeable and incredible on-screen chemistry. One of the nicest things is having the same child-actors play the same roles in all of the future movies, so we can see them grow-up and mature into young adults. This film version was very close to the novel and is a very enjoyable show for fans and non-fans, children and adults alike. There is no profanity, no sexual content and no explicit violence. Some of the concepts might be frightening for young children, so the film is rated PG. People who know nothing about the Harry Potter books may voice the opinion that it is evil, or promoting the devil in some way, but that is simply not true. If in doubt, read the book or watch the movie yourself, before exposing your children to it and you will see that it is imaginative and fun, and not 'sinful'.
Along with his DVD comes a bonus disk, which includes special features. Extra footage, a self-guided tour of the school, and games and activities equal hours of interactive fun.
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Who knew an ordinary boy with glasses and a lightning-shaped scar would take the world by storm? An orphan named Harry Potter lives with his rude aunt, uncle, and cousin and has a generally miserable life until he meets Hagrid, a half-giant who tells him the truth that his parents were excellent wizards and died trying to protect him from an evil wizard, Lord Voldemort. His journey begins as he is whisked away to start school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he meets his soon-to-be two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The kids get into mischief as they try to solve the mystery of the philosopher's stone and learn magic. He learns that love and friendship are the most important things and that the magic world is his new home.
This movie introduces Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson to the world as fine young actors starting out. Their camaraderie is undeniable and they have been well coached to portray these parts. It doesn't hurt their cause one bit to be surrounded by established English actors! Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore, Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall, John Cleese as Ghost Nearly Headless Nick, and Alan Rickman as Severus Snape all perform brilliantly in their respective roles.
Being directed by Chris Columbus who also brought us Home Alone, the movie has a whimsical feel and is geared toward the younger demographic although it can be enjoyed by the whole family. The kids are young so the movie has a young feel to it as well as we explore the first of young Harry's years at Hogwarts.
This is the first movie adaption of the Harry Potter series. It has a terrific cast, and the acting and special effects are superb! Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson play Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger. Also it has Richard Harris who plays Dumbledore. This is a good book and stays pretty well to the book!
Of course, if this movie wasn't so good, we probably wouldn't have all of the others. Though the most "child friendly" of the series, it is still a good movie for adults, too. It introduces you to the world of Harry Potter, his friends and enemies. It sets the stage for what is to come. This is my 4-year-old daughter's favorite movie (both HP and movies in general!) She loves the shots of "baby Harry Potter" showing his past. She asks to watch it at least once a day. It's just a good overall family movie. It's got alot of good values to teach (sticking together with your friends and chosing them wisely, perseverance, ingenuity, resourcefulness, accepting people's differences, etc.) Great movie, great actors, great everything! It will surely be a long time favorite (dare I say it....the Star Wars of our generation?)
If you love the books this movie is a must see. If you haven't heard of the books this movie is a must see. Great family film and wonderful special effects. We are introduced to Harry Potter. His parents were killed when he was a baby by He Who Must Not Be Named. Harry grows up in a family that really wants nothing to do with him. On a special birthday Harry gets a letter for Hogwarts, school of witchcraft and wizards. Harry is opened up to a whole new world and is famous in the wizard community for being the boy who lived. Going to Hogwarts Harry soon realizes that he has a dark enemy at the school. Not only is the movie wonderful but the special features on the DVD are must sees!
I have not recieved the blue ray disc yet, but we do have it on standard DVD.
We went to see the movie when it first showed at the theaters and I was a little sceptical at first. I did not read the book only went on my wifes word.
Sitting in my seat waiting for the movie to start I looked around and saw more adults than children. I wondered if they knew something I did not. As the movie started I was immediatly drawn into the cast of characters. The charm of Harry Potter was heart warming. An unassuming polite young man. You don'y see many of those in the movies now. How people got it into their heads that the movie was witchcraft and evil certainly did not see it. The movie was FUN. It was fantasy and make believe. Remember when we did that before cell phones, computer games and television. Take a step back into your childhood and step into Hogwarts.
I love HD DVD, especially this one. This is not my favorite of chapter in the HP series, but I love it just as well. It's good, it has excellent features & it looks crystal clear on my 61" HDTV. The only thing I don't like about it, is that it still has black bars [i.e. it's like letterbox]. My HDTV is 1080p and 16X9 and yet every DVD & HD DVD has it's own aspect ratio. Some fill my screen perfectly, some don't. It just makes me angry that a standard couldn't be reached in the industry. I understand why films are shot differently, but I didn't pay thousands of dollars for a 61" TV so I could watch 50 some inches of it. Blue-Ray manufactures had better get it together, because on demand HD DVD titles are definitely going to keep me from investing in future movie players after the HD DVD debacle. Cable alters HD titles to fill your screen [most of the time] and free on demand is much cheaper than a player & replacing all my favorite titles that I already own on DVD & HD DVD. But, I'm sure they'll do just fine without my money. Harry Potter Rules!
This first Harry Potter film is my favorite, because it is exploritory. He has had a very hard life and now things start looking up for Harry (this is one of the many underlying messages in this film). Harry Potter in general has mixed reviews but I want to tell you why you should buy it anyway.
1) Harry Potter is not the devil! Some feel that the use of witchcraft and wizzardry in this film is a religous persuasion. It is not! It is just simply ment to do the same thing all disney movies do. Bring a bid or magic and imagination into life.
2) it has many underlying messages in a fun way to receive them. For instance, Muggles, muggles are non-magic folk and are looked at in a negitive way by some in the fil, and defended by others. This is to teach children that racism is not good.
It is a magically, fun, great learning movie for any child! And is fun for adults also!
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My brother and I made a tradition of giving our dear friend the HP audiobooks read by Jim Dale for her birthday in November and for Christmas. We just now gave her HP7 the night we saw Part 1 at the movies. So since she, her husband (our oldest friend or near it) and our niece have a flat-screen but not a BD, we bought a Vizio from Wal-Mart as their 'family' gift and got DVD's for them individually, including the BD of Disney's Beauty/Beast, HSC's Haunted History (regular format) and for the HP fan, this Ultimate Edition Sorcerer's Stone BD. This should take us through three more years of gifts. Having seen the BD's of the other movies (OOTP's opener looks like video), I can't see her not loving this.
I love all the Harry Potter movies. This is year one. The characters are young and not the best of actors yet, but you won't care. This movie is full of so much fun and fantasy (I've seen numerous halloween costumes of harry potter and other great characters over the last few years). It's a great movie for everyone of all ages. This is based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. Beware: If you watch this one you may find yourself buying year 2, 3, 4, and 5.